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Headings Netscape Communicators First Class Net Forum Nicenet Top Class Web CT Interactive Learning Network (CourseInfo)
Synchronous ? Yes No No No No Yes
Asynchronous Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Threading Implied Yes somewhat
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import text,
Graphics, Video
Yes Yes Text Text
Graphics
Yes ? Yes
Moderator Functions - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
100% Online Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easy Integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restrict Access ? No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Secure Protocol & 
Authentification
No Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes
Platform Indepent? Yes No NT, MAC Unix Only Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Based Interface user
friendly
Expected
soon
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Low Learning Curve Moderate/High Low/Moderate Low Yes Steer-Instructor
Low Student
Yes Yes
Administration of
Privilege
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Housed at the
UNV
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
What Resources
Required?
? See handout
attachment
? ? Browser Web
Browser
Browser
Available Perf &
Reliability Support
Yes $ Yes Poor No Helpful needs to
adhere to West
Coast time
- Yes
Copyright? N/A N/A No No N/A N/A N/A
Estimated
Maintenance
? - ? ? ? ? ?
Ratio/Up-Down 
Time
? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Extensability Conditional Yes ? ? Upgrading
currently
Upgrades on
development
Upgrading
currently
Scalability Conditional 250 S.U.S. ? Yes Unknown Unknown Yes
Transparent
Technology
Yes No need
something on the
client end
? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Client
Requirements
High-end client
(pent. 32 mg mem.)
High-speed - 33+ PRO
386 processor
4 mg RAM or
Disk-3.3 meg
Low-end Web
Browser
Web
Browser
Web
Browser
Web
Browser
ITV Yes Yes No No Yes ? ?
Cost Client Free for Pitt #5+
$35 - 79 each
$50 0 Free - Free
Univ. Cost - ? - ? Concurrent
licenses
51,000 students
$3,000/server
$10,000/
server
Displaying
Syllabus Course
Material
- No - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Printability - Yes - - Yes Yes Yes
Specfic File
Formats
- Yes - - No ? Most
Interfacing with
Databases
- No - - No ? Yes
Batch
Registration
- Yes - Yes Yes ? Yes

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